CRAFTING + DIY ON A BUDGET | Ombre Flora Heart Box by Kindred

Sup guys?  Alison here, hey :)  I’m crazy in love with the ombre (cannot bring myself to spell it ombré, sorry) project Kindred has for us today.  Many reasons, too many to list here.  But I’ll try: {Continue reading…}

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DIY ON A BUDGET: Tiny Pretty Herb Bouquet Centerpieces! | A Tutorial By Renee Hong

I love having fresh greens around.  But, as we all know, having fresh flowers around the house gets pretty pricey pretty fast.  Herbs, however, are only about $1-$2 a sprig (or free if you grow them yourself!) and can make just as much of an impact.  An herb arrangement makes for super practical home decor/centerpieces and are a great quick fix if you’re needing to add a little more green to your display!

What you’ll need:  {Continue reading…}

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GIRL TALK: The Single Most Essential Behavior to a Lasting Relationship. Do You Do It? PLUS: A DIY Rustic Vintage Teacup Wedding by Honey Honey, & LOL News Fit to Blog.

OMFGYOUGUYSTHISWEDDING.  <== no seriously this time.

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DIY + PERSONAL (BABY) | Evidence That I, Alison, Start All the Trends + A Gorgeous DIY Headpiece by Renee!

Happy Thursday afternoon, human beings!  This post is a little different today.  Mostly different in terms of it having a baby picture of me in it.  So not “different cool;” more like “different weird,” and “different completely off-topic.”  So umm yeah.  That.  But there is a purpose!

Fortunately, the cooler news is that I have a brand new DIY for your face’s eyes from the talented Renee Hong again, and it’s just as awesome as ever.  She has a way of making me thankful that there are people who work hard to pursue careers that actually make them happy.  Is that something you’re doing?  I’d love to hear more stories of dream-pursuit, if you’ve got ‘em.  I get off on this kind of thing.  Ok, now let’s get this baby nonsense out of the way…

I found this picture of me on a visit home recently.  It’s from when I was just a sweet whittle behbehkins, with little to no signs of what is now a crippling tendency towards perfectionism.  As you can see quite clearly, here:   {Continue reading…}

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BECOME A KNOTTY BLOGGISTA! | + Ice creamy wedding inspiration, & a tiny little pacifying Bachelorette recap. Also, cupcake shop fights are happening. Thanks, The Sun!

Happy late afternoon, lovers!  The bloggista announcement is a couple of paragraphs down in this post, if you wanna rush to it.

First… a mini recap of ABC’s The Bachelorette, stay with me, because I know a lot of people were upset with me for following through on a promise I made to myself not to blog about that stupid s**t anymore.  Enjoy!

You guys.  I’m still shedding preppy, emotionally-stunted, highly intellectual tears for Ames, the latest manboy safely to escape The Bachelorette’s tiny dancer.

Ames was my fave, if you didn’t know already.  I loved how he’d always offer a witty remark, mention useless trivia, and just in general not act out his true sexual preferences in life.  He was a special guy who I was sad to see go.  Still; his departure was equal parts heart-string-pulling and totally-necessary…

Ashley made the right decision; no one wants to date a man who makes you feel like you need to take up membership at a yacht club and read the Washington Post before he wakes up in the morning just so you can have a conversation.  Remember how I mentioned I dated a guy just like Ames?  The pressure to be smart all the time was suffocating.  My jokes always fell flat, and all you really have is jokes when you’re me and you’re the only non-ivy-league brain in a group of people who start nonprofit organizations for fun, and talk about things that make you extremely conscious of the fact that you weren’t listening your entire way through high school.

Final note, the blooper reel when Ashley acted as a waitress and served that old man some pizza?  Totally fell in love with her over that blooper reel.  She’s funny and charming.  WHAT?!!!

Unfortunately, this week’s show had to end with Ashley calling her sister a total bitch to her FACE, so I’ll be tuning in next week.

We’ve been heading towards this step for a while now, and hinting about it for months on end ( I know, sorry) so this morning’s a tad exciting because we officially announced the damned thing on Le Twit.  High kicks all around!  Ok, here we go: much to the delight of family and friends who miss us and want to hear our voices more often and see our faces and how they’ve changed – and, we hope, much to the delight of all of you (!!!) – we’ve decided to add some Knotty Bloggers to the mix here on TKB.  WOOO!

So, if you’d like to be considered for bloggistaship [← COINED! i think], let us know of your interest either in the comments or via our Contact page.  FYI: we’re accepting real planning brides and bloggers/writers who are just aching to write about and feature totally awesome weddings, or just have great stories and advice to share with our lovely soon-to-be-wed readers (we’re open to ideas if you have your own).  So, if you have an affectionate, playful relationship with writing, and/or just have some seriously interesting stories to share, get the eff in touch.  Also, not required, but if you have Photoshop and/or write a blog, totally let us know that, too.  Sweet, thanks.

Oh, and one last thing about this – we blog about weddings and all things related here on TKB, obvs., but you’re gonna wanna be cool with contributing to a blog whose managing editor relates stories such as:

Take last night… Honey texts me a pic of the remaining bits and bone of a gorgeous steak he was working on during a business meeting.  He gets home, I’m in the shower can’t see him or what he’s holding.  He says, “I have a present for you babe!”  Still thinking about the half-eaten hunk of steak, I yell, “ohhh, is it your bone?”  These are true stories people.

So… if you’re down with that then by all means get in touch.

Alrighty new topic here we go.

Things are heating up quite a bit this summer, to the point where people are starting fights in cupcake shops in my neighborhood.  TRUE STORY.  (Spoiler Alert: cupcake shop fights are hilarious.)  Here’s how it all started.  We were heading to the market, when I noticed a Crumbs shop across the street.  I said, “oh hey Honey, look there’s a Crumbs shop across the str-” I turned to look at him during the word “street” and I realized I was standing in a swirl of – and figuratively eating – his dust.  He was already half-way across the avenue mid-sentence-about-cupcakes.  So next thing we know, we’re in the cupcake shop and some guy who was the physical embodiment of what you would imagine your *wits-end* looking like, actually starts to pick a fight with the cupcakarista (is what I’m calling it) inside of this cupcake shop – this happy, sugary, wonderful uplifting place – and of course it was unbearably hilarious.  ‘Cause I mean what are you doing starting a fight in a cupcake shop.  It’s the happiest place on Earth.  Anyway here’s how it went down: the cupper asked the guy “how can I help you, sir?” and the guy went – and I quote – “I don’t know just tell me what you want me to do already I don’t care anymore IT’S HOT.”

LOL.  Oh, and OBVIOUSLY I said something.  You know me by now.  My exact words – because I can’t help but jump in on rare, fleeting moments of pure human hilarity – were “let’s simma downnah” a la that SNL skit (I’m totally dating myself with this reference) when they were turning the words “Simmer down” into (or from?) “Summer, Donna” … anyone remember that skit?  Anyone?  Bueller?

Anyways, clearly Summertime is INTENSE, and cupcakes are evidently not the relief we once thought them to be.  So today’s feature should serve to cool everyone’s jets a bit… at least I hope!  It cooled mine, specifically this part of it:

Ahhhhhh yes.  And here’s the write-up from Andi Mans, the woman behind this delightfulness…

This fuchsia woodsy wedding inspiration was something I got an idea to bring the feeling of camping but also keeping it feminine at the same time. Owls are so trendy these days, they seem to be everywhere and add a bit of a retro and unique flare to the “woodsy” feel. Brides who are looking to mix their love for pink but also want a rustic and vintage feel to their wedding can get that feeling of ambiance in this shoot we can offer. Cake topper found at a thrift store, Mason Jars, floral patterns and gold accents add rich texture and color to help keep the Woodsy feel with a chic and fancy flare.

Enjoy, darlings!

And now, for an enlightening, albeit brief, Day in the Life of Bambo McPup:

If you’ve ever wondered what it looks like when a frenchie poots, well, I’m, uhhhh, I’m here to bring that to you.

↑ As you can see from the squinting in left photo, and the UTTER SHOCK & AWE on the right, these are the EXACT MOMENTS OF RELEASE.

Split-second puppy flailing is responsible for the toy rearrangement, sticklers.

OK SO!  Let’s talk about anything I’ve discussed here today.  BWAAAHAHAHAAHHAAHAHH!!!!

xoxo!  – Alison

Style and Staging Design: Andi Mans Photography and Design / Photography: Andi Mans Photography and Design

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REAL WEDDING | Melissa + Eddie | A gorgeous, fun-filled Southern California barn wedding with absolutely NO COLOR SCHEME!

Ok, here’s how this post is going to begin: yesterday, my Dad called me up to ask me a question, for he was writing an email to a friend and he needed to know something pronto: {Continue reading…}

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FRIDAY’S FAB FINDS™ | July 16 | A free printable, DIY place cards, DIY pastel glass floral arrangements, honeyed tea spoons, ice cream photo shoot, and my favorite bride of the week!

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REAL WEDDING ❦ lovely country nuptials {+ succulent bouquet love!} ❦ by Katie Stoops

Before we jump in to today’s fabulous real wedding, let me just quickly share with you my current FAVORITE BOUQUET STYLE IN THE WHOLE FREAKING WORLD, shot by none other than Katie Stoops:

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And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming…

I’m telling you, from the sunflower bouquet to the adorable wittle puppy to the pumpkins of various sizes and hues, I have fallen hook, line and sinker for this romantic country wedding.  Katie Stoops is one of my favorite wedding photographers, and this wedding is nothing short of laid-back, family-focused perfection in my book!  Greta and David are the picture of love; their undeniable connection is almost palpable as you take in photo after photo.  I hope you love them and their big day as much as I do!

Oh I do believe
In all the things you see
What comes is better than what came before
And you’d better run run, run run to me
Better run, run run, run run to me
Better come, come come, come come to me
You’d better run

~ The Velvet Underground (but Katie features the Cat Power cover on her site… and it’s amazing.)

Heaven.  I consider this wedding a pure, unadulterated form of heaven.  Give me a wedding this intimate, this low-key, this loving and simple, and you’ve given me the world on a plate.


Credit: Open Air Photography by Katie Stoops

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So, I must start off with the most important piece of news today… well, it was yesterday, but whatever here’s the news:

I’m the newest guest blogger on Style Me Pretty!!!  WHAT?!  I know!  Abby does such a great job over there and I’m having an absolute blast being a part of all the wedding action to be had.  I hope you guys like my posts going forward!  Be sure to check out the first and second parts of my very first wedding feature!  That is, if giant inflatable swans at an elegant backyard wedding are the kinds of things that pique your interest.

See them?  See the swans?  Yes, they are fake.  Yes, I would have wanted to ride them, had I attended Nada and Paul’s wedding.  Seriously, how did everybody resist?


I’m completely smitten with these fabulous – and free! – desktop wallpapers that Ruche has create for our personal use and endless enjoyment.  Aren’t they ridic?

I’m currently using this one:

And this next one is the spittin’ image of that super sweet e-session I featured recently on this here bloggity blog.  Remember?  Now you can have the same-ish background that couple had!  And, depending on the size of your computer screen/your personal height, you might be able to pose in front of it for your very own e-session!  Yeah, not so much.  But all [totally idiotic] kidding aside, I am loving these backgrounds to death!


Totally in love with everything Leslie does over at Color Me Pretty on Decor8.  Prepare to gush:

That quaint little pot of floral yumminess brings up pleasant memories of my fave bouquets!  Leslie that is GORG.

I’ve always loved the way those candies look (below)… though I’ve never actually tried them.  I feel that I would be disappointed.  Are they any good?


Ooooh gosh.  I these dresses.

Especially the beige number on Emma Roberts.

Vanity Fair via Marry You Me

Crossing my fingers someone knows and decides to email me about it.  Because I love it like I would my own child.  That much.


Speaking of gowns, I’m also loving J.Crew’s wedding offerings… and REALLY loving the fact that they’re finally opening up an actual bridal store so that we can all go inside of it and actually TRY ON THEIR WEDDING DRESSES. Because, really, what’s the point if we can’t try them on?

And you know how much I covet their flower girl line.  Put that little lady in one of those fancy frocks, and she’ll never change out of it.


Ok, one more thing: I saw these DIY wedding invitations here on Style Me Pretty the other day.  How. Fabulous. Are. These. Invitations.  How fabulous?  The bride designed, cut, perforated, printed and compiled all 200 of them… herself.  We should all be so committed to our goals.

Her tools: a sewing machine, paper cutter, home printer, tons of lace, ribbon for days, a crapload of pearls, and hand seals.

Bravo, Rachael.  Bravo with your bad self.

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WEDDING BOUQUET LOVE | lush + lovely ✿ Flowers Worthy of Escorting You Down the Aisle

While perusing Martha Stewart Weddings today (I know, what else is new), I stumbled upon some seriously stunning flower power and kinda became obsessed.  You kn0w how it is.  So, after gathering up my absolute favorites, I thought I’d bring them back here for you guys to see.

Flowers: pink cabbage roses (gathered from Martha’s East Hampton garden)…

Flowers: grape-hyacinth and lavender florets…

Flowers: roses, cactus dahlias, and pompom dahlias (accented with oak leaves and acorns)…

Flowers: ‘Nikko Blue’ hydrangea plus blue lace flower mix with scabiosa and nigella…

Flowers: millinery (fabric) blossoms…

Flowers: giant peonies and ruffly sweet peas…

Flowers: five varieties of roses — ‘Blue Curiosa,’ ‘Rustique,’ ‘Sahara,’ ‘Esther,’ and ‘Magic Silver’ — plus a single saffron ‘Oriental Curiosa’…

Flowers: miniature calla lilies and ranunculuses…

Flowers: anemones + white sweet peas…

Flowers: shaped by hand with fabric and a copper-wire stem…

Flowers: English garden roses, flowering mint stems, olive leaves, fuchsias, and pink pepper berries…


LOVE these bridesmaids’ bouquets!

Flowers (clockwise from left): calla lilies, nerine lilies, and ‘Valerie’ roses…

Image credits: Martha Stewart Weddings

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